I’ve been reading Job again. Great stuff. So theologically rich, especially where Job or his friends go off into a description of God’s attributes. Great chapters full of a tour of the majesty of God can be found in 5:10-20, 9:4-13 and 12:10-25.
But one particular section stood out to me a few days ago. It’s in chapter 9, starting in verse 32:
32 “He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him,
that we might confront each other in court.
33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot.
Isn’t this awesome? What beautiful foreshadowing of the one who would come and be the mediator, the one to bring God and man together, the one who would remove God’s rod from his children. Job suffered, albeit unjustly, but he suffered. And when he thought about God, his own sin, and God’s wrath, he desired that someone would stand between him and God to mediate. One to bring his needs before his Maker and his Maker’s relief to him. A go-between, as it were.
Thousands of years later the apostle Paul writes to young Timothy, “There is only one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Timothy 2:5
Job’s great longing, his deepest desire, mankind’s desire even – is for one who would stand between us and God and mediate for both parties. Jesus Christ, the God-Man is that man. As a perfect Man, He is that one and only mediator who can bear our sin, bring our prayers to God as the Great High Priest and, having been tempted in every way, help those who are tempted. As The perfect God, He is the one and only mediator who can bear the wrath of God for sin, pay the infinite price our sin deserves and the only one who can rise victorious over death, ascend to heaven to the right hand of the Father, and live always to make intercession for His children.
Praise God that Job’s desire is fulfilled for all who trust Him today, in our Savior and Advocate Jesus Christ.